Rafael & Lila were guided to Marshall County Home Place through a church outreach ministry. Rafael worked for a landscape company as a summer contract worker, and when the summer season ended, his hours were cut. With reduced income, Rafael couldn't pay rent, so he and Lila were evicted. Rafael couldn't read, and he didn't realize that his taxes were not being deducted from his paycheck because he was a contract worker. In addition to owing back taxes to the IRS, Rafael owed back child support.
Lila, who had been abused as a child, had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and PTSD from her abuse. She was unstable and unable to work regularly in a job. In addition, she also owed back child support from a previous marriage.
Home Place was able to help Rafael find employment with full benefits, to negotiate new child support payments, and to work out an agreement with the IRS for his back taxes; additionally, Rafael learned how to manage his finances and how to budget his money. Home Place helped Lila file for SSI benefits and to seek mental health treatment. Her back child support was also negotiated and cleared.
Rafael and Lila didn't have transportation, so a generous donor provided a car so that Rafael could get to work. Because Home Place was able to provide support and a free place to live temporarily, Rafael and Lila are now able to pay their bills and live independently.